New Health Officer Order – Health Facilities to Report Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae and Antibacterial Resistance
Jan 23 17 10:31 AM
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DPH Health Information:
New Health Officer Order –
Health Facilities to Report Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae
and Antibacterial Resistance
message is to inform Los Angeles health care providers of a new
Health Officer order.
affected health care facilities will receive detailed communications
and guidance regarding this mandate and its implementation.
The Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health (LACDPH) Interim Health Officer has
mandated that all Los Angeles County acute care hospitals and skilled
nursing facilities report all clinical laboratory
(CRE) positive tests from any specimen. The order also requires that
acute care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities that
generate an annual antibiogram, submit it to LACDPH each year.
CRE, defined as Enterobacteriaceae
sp., E. coli, and Enterobacter sp.) resistant
to carbapenem antibiotics or that produce carbapenemases, are a
persistent and growing public health threat. These
healthcare-associated pathogens are difficult to treat, have a high
mortality rate, and are easily spread between patients in health care
facilities. The mandate is a necessary step to control the spread of
this healthcare-associated infection.